Volume 19 No. 1 • Spring-Summer 2005 IMSA President Named Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois ''«, eartto**^ By Brian Thornburg, Assistant Writer Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, founding president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), became a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the highest honor the state can bestow for outstanding achievement. Dr. Marshall received the Order of Lincoln Medallion at a special ceremony on April 30 at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. The Lincoln Academy was established in 1965 to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens, either by birth or residence, who have brought honor to the state by their achievements. Past honorees have included poet Gwendolyn Brooks, television journalist John Chancellor, businessman/civic leader Lester Crown, film critic Roger Ebert, radio broadcaster Paul Harvey, NFL legend Walter Payton, President Ronald Reagan, and columnist Mike Royko. The 2005 Laureates inducted with Marshall include former Sears chairman Edward Brennan, Pulitzer Prize political journalist David Broder, electrical engineer and LED pioneer Nick Holonyak, food science expert Dr. George Inglett, and Olympic and world champion in track and / am honored to be in the company of such highly esteemed individuals and am humbled to be recognized for the work I truly love to do. 1 J Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall IMSA President field Jackie Joyner-Kersee (pictured with Marshall). NOVA recently spoke with Dr. Marshall about the honor: NOVA: You've won many awards and honors for your work with IMSA and on behalf of education. Which do you feel E^^HB M tBk ^ are the most significant and how does this honor compare? Marshall: The Order of Lincoln recognition is undoubtedly the most significant award and honor that I have achieved. I say this because it is the highest award for achievement 2005 Lincoln Laureates that the State of Illinois can bestow, but also Dr. Stephanie Pace because it is an award that honors contributions Marshall and Jackie that go far beyond one's field and one's state and Joyner-Kersee share includes those contributions in the words of the a proud moment, award itself, for the "betterment of mankind." There also are several other awards and recognitions that are particularly significant to me. Perhaps INSIDE: the first is my election to the Presidency of the ., „ . . ^ . . , , , ^ ■ I Donor Recognition o Association for Supervision and Curriculum =" Development (ASCD). ASCD is the largest and IMSA Alumni Profiles . 9, 12 most significant international educational IMSA Staff Member organization in the world with a membership Heads ISTA 8 of almost 200,000 professionals. iptei Science Winners . . . . 6-7 NOVA: Of which accomplishments are you Private Sector Support 4 most proud? School District Matfi Partnership . . 2 Marshall: I am most proud of being Service to Illinois and Beyond. . 10-11 the founding president of the Illinois Technology for Leaming Conference. . 3 Mathematics and Science Academy. That is something that I cherish Continued on page 3 A Pioneering Educational Community ^IMSA Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy* 1500 West Sullivan Road Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 630/907-5000 IMSA BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMAN Dr. Luis Nunez Deputy Associate Laboratory Director Physical, Biological & Computing Sciences Argonne National Laboratory VICE CHAIRMAN Steven Isoye Principal, O'Plaine Carr^pus Warren Township High School TRUSTEES Dr. Victoria Chou Dean, College of Education University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Stanley E. Fish Dean ErDeritus & Professor of English University of Illinois at Chicago Sheila MB Griffin President Griffin Holdings John H. McEachern, Jr. Retired President/CEO Wayne Circuits, Inc. Dr. Chris Quigg Senior Scientist Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Dr Marsha Rosner Professor and Director Ben May Institute for Cancer Research University of Chicago Jesus Manuel Sosa Administrator Chicago Public Schools Sharon Tenhouse Teacher Liberty Elementary School EX-OFFICIO Dr. Randy J. Dunne Interim State Superintendent Illinois State Board of Education Dr. Sherry Eagle Super/ntendent Aurora West School District 129 Thomas R. Lament Executive Director Illinois Board of Higher Education Geoffrey S. Obrzut President/CEO Illinois Community College Board PRESIDENT Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall NOVA is published by the IMSA Office of Advancement. Send comments or questions to: Editor and Writer Brenda Buschbacher firstname.lastname@example.org Illinois School District Adopts IMSA's Mathematical Investigations Curriculum In the fall of 2005, high school students in upper level mathematics in St. Charles Community Unit School District #303 will begin using IMSA's Mathematical Investigations curriculum in their classrooms. Dr. Linda Schieike, IMSA director of partnership services, calls the St. Charles district a "model school district for IMSA programs." "Not only is the St. Charles School District using IMSA's math curriculum in their high school classrooms this fall, but they have also participated with IMSA in our Problem-Based Learning Network as well as IMSA's 21^^ Century Information Fluency Project," Schieike said. The partnership began with a visit by St. Charles educators to an IMSA classroom two years ago. Then, in February 2003, district officials invited IMSA mathematics teachers Susan Eddins and Dr. Janice Krouse to present an all-day institute for St. Charles mathematics teachers. Sandy Ledvora, math instructional coordi- nator at St. Charles East High School, said this institute came at an important time in her district's development. "We had a mix of new teachers and traditional teachers. ..we were trying to get them on board with the same or similar (teaching) philosophy," she said. Mathematical Investigations (Mi) is a four-semester sequence of courses which integrates topics from all areas of pre-calculus mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry. In Ml, students are expected to explore mathematical concepts, make conjectures and present logical, valid arguments for their assertions. Both written and oral forms of communication are emphasized. Krouse, now mathematics curriculum and assessment leader at IMSA, said the partnership works because of shared goals and philosophies about student learning in the classroom. "What we are doing at IMSA fits with what they believe in," she said. Furthermore, Krouse complimented St. Charles teachers for spearheading the curriculum change. "It was very much a grassroots effort on the part of teachers at both St. Charles North and St. Charles East high schools," she said. wmmmmfm ARTICLE CONT NUED FROM PI and feel privileged and grateful for every single day. I have enjoyed working with many educators around the world and in some fine school districts. I had 10 wonderful years in the Batavia Public Schools and was proud of what we achieved, but to have the opportunity to create something from scratch with IMSA was an uncommon opportunity and I am extremely proud of not just my role, but the work that everyone connected to IMSA over the last 20 years has contributed and still contributes to making this a remarkable institution. NOVA: What advice would you offer to those who want to work in education? Marshall: To make sure that if you are choosing to bring your talents and your gifts to a particular enterprise or endeavor, make sure you do it with love. If you don't love what you are doing, it simply is not worth it. When you decide to work in education, you recognize that you are literally shaping the landscape and helping to develop the minds of the next generation. It is my belief that mind-shaping is world-shaping. The nature and quality The 2005 Lincoln Laureate award ceremony at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville NOVA: What are you looking forward to in your career? Marshall: While there are many things that I am looking forward to, probably the first is the 20th Anniversary of IMSA which we will be celebrating in our 2006-2007 year. I am also very much looking forward to the publication of my book which will be published by Jossey-Bass in early 2006. I am also very engaged as an international consultant to a fascinating project in South Australia, called Learning to Learn. This project has promised to be a remarkable international model for educational transformation and it is a privilege to be working with them. of our children's minds will shape the nature and quality of the future that they are able to create. As far as working with gifted children is concerned, we must continue to invite and honor all of their potentials, nurture their creativity, allow them to try what they dare, and let them know that we are there if they are not successful. I think perhaps the best advice. ..is to do as our Board's philosophy statement calls us to do and that is to treat each child as if they are capable of significantly influencing life on the planet because indeed they are. Emerging Technologies Spur Dynamic Learning World-renowned experts in educational technology converged on IMSA's campus May 7 to present Generating the Horizon: Technology's Role in the Future of Learning. Funded in part by a grant from the Tellabs Foundation as part of the IMSA Great Minds Program^ this day-long event gave Illinois middle school, high school and college educators the chance to learn from extraordinary leaders who shared their research, experience and perspectives on emerging technologies and dynamic learning environments. Father of Personal Computing and Keynote Speaker Dr. Alan Kay (pictured above) presented What If We Added "REAL" to Mathematics, Science, Children and Computing? Kay is president of Viewpoints Research Institute, Inc. and senior fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs. Other featured speakers included: • Bonnie Bracey, educational technology and reform consultant; • Cheryl Lemke, president and CEO of the Metiri Group, a consulting firm dedicated to advancing effective uses of technology in schools; • David Thornburg, founder and director of Global Operations for the Thornburg Center and senior fellow of the Congressional Institute for the Future; • Robert Tinker, president of the Concord Consortium; • David Warlick, principal consultant of The Landmark Project, a professional development, Web design and innovations firm. ^ IMSA FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS HONORARY CHAIRMAN* James R. Thompson Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee Winston & Strawn OFFICERS PRESIDENT Michael J. BIrck Chairman Tellabs, Inc. VICE PRESIDENT William J. White 1 Un sity VICE PRESIDENT Gregory K. Jones Chief Operating Officer Edgewater Funds TREASURER Dr. Nandu N. ThondavadI Founding Chairman, President and CEO Mascon Global Limited SECRETARY* Catherine C. Veal Vice President for Advancement IMSA DIRECTORS Susan Snell Barnes President and CEO The Landmark Group of Companies John F. Berger CEO CPO Direct G. Thomas Castino Consultant to the President (Retired) Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Martin J. DiMarzio '95 Graduate Student Yale School of Management Sandra Goeken Vice Chairman Goeken Group Corporation John B. Hoesley '89 Principal Prism Capital Corporation Chelsy A. Hopper '92 Graduate Student University of Illinois Herbert B. Knight Business Executive Civic Leader James D. Pearson (Retired) President Aurora Metals Division, L.L.C. Bonnie Stoufer Vice President for Learning, Trait The Boeing Company Preston Swafford Senior Vice President of Operations, Exelon Energy Delivery Exelon Corporation JarvJs Yeh President Maxx Products International •non- voting IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education 1500 West Sullivan Road Aurora. Illinois 60506-1000 630/907-5000 The IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized for the benefit of, to perform the functions of, or to carry out certain charitable, educational, literary and scientific purposes of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. The IMSA Fund solicits, receives, invests and administers gifts, grants and other contributions from the private sector to support IMSA's mission and work. ng and Development IMSA Fund Proudly Establishes First Named College Scholarship This spring, the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education announced the establishment of its first named college scholarship, the Mary Van Verst Love of Science Scholarship. Van Verst died last year after serving distinction, courage and grace as a member of the IMSA science faculty from 1987-2004. The scholarship, made possible by a multi-year major gift from Mary's husband George and their children Scott and Janet, provides a $5,000 scholarship to a deserving IMSA senior to help defray tuition and eligible expenses for undergraduate study at the college or university of choice. "It gives our family great pleasure establishing this scholarship for a purpose that was so very close to Mary's heart," George Van Verst said. The recipient of the inaugural Mary Van Verst Love of Science Scholarship, Abigail Johnson '05 of Lacon, Illinois, (pictured at right with her parents) plans to pursue a degree in environmental engineering. Other 2004-05 IMSA Fund highlights: • $35,000 from ComEd, an Exelon Company, to support IMSA Excellence 2000+, the Academy's after-school enrichment program for middle school students with professional development for their teachers • $25,000 from Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., to support IMSA Excellence 2000+ • $10,000 from BP to support IMSA Kids Institute® • A 2005 Toyota Sienna van from Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., for primary use by IMSA's community outreach and residential student programs Election of five new directors: • John B. Hoesley, IMSA '89, principal. Prism Capital Corporation in Chicago. Previously he served as CFG of Legato Partners, LLC, and was co-founder and CEO of eVincio Corporation. • Herbert B. Knight, former owner of A.E. Bogott & Sons, Inc., in Sterling, IL. Previously he was a director of Computer Technology Corporation and First United Financial Services and director of corporate planning for Tenneco, Inc. • Bonnie Stoufer, Ph.D., vice president for Learning, Training and Development at The Boeing Company. Previously she held similar learning services positions at Delta Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company and Electronic Data Systems. • Preston Swafford, senior vice president of Operations for Exelon Energy Delivery. Previously he held leadership positions with Exelon Nuclear and the Dresden Nuclear Power Station. • Jarvis Yeh, president of Maxx Products International, in Lake Zurich, IL. Yeh also is the father of two IMSA students and an IMSA graduate. IMSA Fund Honors Lifetime Leadership and Annual Donors On May 14, members of the Kaleidoscope Society — lifetime leadership donors who have given $10,000 or more to the IMSA Fund — were treated to Teaches with Wolves, a special recognition event at the Brookfield Zoo. This included a behind-the-scenes look at the newly created Wolf Woods Exhibit which was based, in part, on IMSA students' research in Ecology with faculty member John Thompson (pictured at right with IMSA alumni). The new zoo exhibit opened in 2004 and displays a sign thanking IMSA for its contribution. Donors also were treated to a presentation by Thompson and a panel of IMSA alumni. In the fall of 2004, the IMSA Fund also hosted its first Step Builders Donor Recognition program, which honors all donors from the previous and current fiscal years. Donors visited IMSA's campus for an open house in the new state-of- the-art science wing, talked with staff, students, alumni and parent volunteers about the giving opportunities offered by the IMSA Fund, and participated in several hands-on demonstrations and activities in science and technology. IMSA Fund director Tom Castino, consultant to the president at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., discusses the IMSA Excellence 2000-1- program for middle school students and teachers with Project Director Dr. Susan Bisinger (center) and Mary Lou Lipscomb, science curriculum and professional development specialist at the IMSA Fund's Step Builders Donor Recognition program. UL awarded $25,000 in 2004-05 to support IMSA Excellence 2000-f programming in Illinois schools in 2005-06. Former IMSA Ecology student Janessa Stream '99 discusses problem-based learning with Consuella Brown, program officer with the Grand Victoria Foundation. The Foundation has awarded IMSA more than $300,000 for its problem-based learning initiatives with Illinois school districts in the Fox Valley region. -^ IMSA — Only Institution in the Nation to Hail Two of Intel's Top 10 Scholarship Winners Whether you were reading USA Today, watching Fox News Network or simply surfing the CNN website, it was hard not to hear the news in March of IMSA seniors Timothy Credo of Highland Park and Lyra Creamer Haas of Wheaton. Credo and Haas were two of the 10 students nationwide named winners in the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) competition. Often considered the "junior Nobel Prize," the Intel STS recognizes the most accomplished students and their schools for excellence in science and math. Credo took second place and won a $75,000 scholarship and Haas took sixth place and won a $25,000 scholarship in the 64th Intel Science Talent Search. In addition to Haas and Credo, IMSA's Abhi Gulati of Bloomington was one of the 40 finalists in the competition. IMSA Senior and Intel Finalist Abhi Gulati of Bloomington Credo, Haas and Gulati competed for more than $530,000 in scholarships in America's oldest pre-college, science competition for high school seniors. All three IMSA students developed their research projects in IMSA's Student Inquiry and Research Program. Senior Timothy Credo of Highland Park won a $75,000 scholarship in the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) competition. In Intel, students were judged on their individual research ability, scientific originality and creative thinking. All Intel STS entries were reviewed and judged by top scientists from a variety of disciplines. "These finalists reflect the best accomplishments of solid, project- based, curiosity-driven education," said Intel CEO Craig Barrett. "Like many STS finalists before them, this group will be responsible for future discoveries that address critical needs while helping to keep America at the center of innovation," Barrett said. Credo's research. Picosecond Tlme-of- Flight Measurement for Colliders Using Cherenkov Light, is focused in the field of engineering and involves the design of a more precise method to measure the speed of charged particles. His research proposes a new time-of-flight (TOF) system. "The current standard for accuracy in time-of-flight measurement is around 100 picoseconds," Credo said. "I worked on developing and simulating a new (particle) detector capable of 1 picosecond accuracy. This would allow particle identification at much higher momentum, allowing a collider to make more accurate measurements and better investigate the fundamental questions in physics." Credo conducted his IMSA mentorship project under the guidance of Dr. Henry Frisch, professor in the Department of Physics at The University of Chicago. ' iJiPiiP! mmmmmmmm^^flfglg^ Haas' research, Using Textiles to Date Sites in tiie Norte Chico, Peru, is focused in the field of behavioral and social sciences and seeks to discover a way to determine the inhabitation dates of preceramic sites (3000-1800 B.C.) without using radiocarbon dating techniques. By analyzing fabric swatches found in the area, Haas developed a way to categorize them and create a checklist that allows researchers to identify sites with possible preceramic occupations in the region. Haas conducted her IM5A mentorship project under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Haas, curator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and Dr. Winifred Creamer, a professor of archaeology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. C^^^tt^^. Lyra Creamer Haas of Wheaton won a $25,000 scholarship in the Intel STS. IMSA senior and Intel winner Lyra Creamer Haas shares a proud moment with her mentors. Dr. Winifred Creamer of Northern Illinois University and Dr. Jonathan Haas of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (also her parents). IMSA Mentorship Opportunities Far and Wide Mentorship, a part of IMSA's Student Inquiry and Research Program, provides a variety of learning experiences for students to conduct research on-site with mentors, scholars and researchers throughout the Chicagoland area in their field of interest. Mentorship sites have included Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Field Museum of Natural History, Hines VA Hospital, Molex, Inc., Northwestern University Medical School, University of Chicago Medical Center, and others. In addition to Credo, Haas and Gulati, three other IMSA students were named semifinalists in the competition— Rohan Shailesh Bhobe of Woodridge, Vijay Govind-Thomas of Schaumburg and Andrew Keller of Lindenhurst. 2005 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Rohan Shailesh Bhobe Vijay Govind-Thomas Andrew Keller ^ Award-winning liVISA Educator Heads Illinois Science Teachers Association With more than 25 years of science teaching behind him, Dr. Raymond J. Dagenais is a natural at leading others. This spring, Dagenais became president of the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA), an organization of more than 2,000 Illinois science teachers, administrators, scientists, business representatives and others involved in science education. In this role, Dagenais leads an association that provides programs and services for science educators and serves as an advocate by keeping its members and the public informed about science education issues and trends. Dagenais said his goals as ISTA president include: • uncovering the talents and experiences of Illinois science teachers to improve science education; • leveraging partnerships with other professional educational organizations; • identifying and promoting ways to make science education meaningful. During his 16-year career at IMSA, Dagenais has taught Calculus-based Physics-Mechanics and Calculus-based Physics-Electricity/Magnetism, and also has served as science curriculum and assessment leader. He is now a professional development specialist in science and mathematics for the IMSA Excellence 2000-i- program. Dagenais has received numerous awards and honors throughout his educational career, including The University of Chicago Outstanding Teacher Award, the ISTA Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, Purdue University School of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in K-12 Teaching and Illinois Finalist in NASA's Teacher in Space Program. He has authored numerous articles on education and most recently the chapter The Emeritus Teacher in the book Life Cycle of the Career Teacher . Dr. Raymond J. Dagenais, president of the 2,000-member Illinois Science Teachers Association m^^mmKffissf^ IMSA Alumni Making a Difference for the World Macintosh Computer Guru Dan Frakes '89 Aficionados of the Macintosh computer likely already know of Dan Frakes. He is senior writer for the computer magazine Macworld, an editor of the popular Web site MacFixlt.com, and author or co-author of several Macintosh related computer books including MacOS X: Power Tools (first and second editions), The Macintosh Bible, 9th Edition, and Mac OS X Help Line. Frakes, a self-described "tech geek," says the challenge in his line of work is to bridge the gap between the tech geek and the average computer consumer. He is motivated by a desire to help people get the most out of technology. He says it is all worthwhile and knows his work has made a difference when he receives an email from a reader saying, "I finally understand it now." Frakes credits his time at IMSA with preparing him for his current job. At the time Frakes was at IMSA, it was unusual for high schools to have computer labs. IMSA had several labs in the main build- ing and computers in the residence halls. "I was much further up the technology learning curve than my college peers," he said. But more important than the exposure to technology was the way IMSA teaches students to think. "We wrote a lot more than other high school students," Frakes said. "As much as I hated having to write so much of the time, looking back, I wish even more had been required. The ability to present yourself clearly is invaluable in any profession." Homeland Security Advisor/Agro-Terror Expert Miciiael Brody '96 IMSA alumnus Michael Brody usually spends his days fighting the war on terror as a policy development advisor for homeland security for the State of Illinois. In this role, he designs and facilitates the implementation of initiatives aimed at agrosecurity strategy. Last fall, Brody shared his knowledge and experience with students in IMSA's Science, Society and the Future (SSF) class. SSF teacher Dr. David Workman said Brody's first-hand working knowledge of terrorism issues in Illinois greatly enhanced the classroom experience for his students, who were developing solutions for protecting a major food supply corporation from a terrorist attack on its food supply. "I was immensely proud to see an IMSA alumnus in such a position of responsibility and to be so impressive in his depth of understanding of the issues and fluency in the presentation of that understanding," Workman said. Brody looks back on IMSA with much fondness and appreciation for the unique and unparalleled education he received. "In college, I learned really fast that I had more knowledge and experience than other students in the areas of building a team, managing a project and applying knowledge in a problem-based manner," he said. Michael Brody '96 (center) poses with two of his favorite IMSA teachers. Dr. David Workman (right) and Michael DeHaven. Brody visited their Science, Society and the Future class in fall 2004. Continued on back cover Service to Illinois and Beyond Professional Contributions and Achievements Recent examples include: IMSA President Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall gave the keynote address, Radical Learning and Schooling, by Design at the 2005 American Association of School Administrators annual meeting. Science faculty and staff Drs. Judy Scheppler, Don Dosch, Sue Styer and former IMSA researcher Dr. Steve Rogg wrote the manuscript Student Inquiry at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy which is now part of the National Science Teachers Association book, Exemplary Science in Grades 9-12 . Mentorship Coordinator Dr. Peggy Connolly, was chosen Provisional President of the "NATO Network of Youth Excellence" executive board, serving with vice presidents from Croatia and Korea. Resident Scholar Dr. Leon Lederman (pictured) was awarded the 2004 Karl T Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics by the American Institute of Physics. The Compton Award is presented quadrennially to a physicist who has made a significant research contribution and demonstrated distinguished statesmanship. Mathematics teacher Dr. Donald Porzio (pictured) received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC). He is one of only 27 high school teachers in the U.S. and Canada to receive the award; five other IMSA teachers were so honored in previous years. Dr. Donald Porzio Jose Pales a member of the World Languages faculty, received certification with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). IMSA has had 15 faculty members certified by NBPTS as National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) since its inception. Palos was certified in Early Adolescence through Young AdulthoodA/Vorld Languages teaching. Student Achievements Recent examples include: Senior Timothy Credo of Highland Park was the only student from Illinois to be named to USA TODAY'S 2005 All-USA High School Academic First Team. Senior Abhl Gulati of Bloomington was named to the third team. Credo also is one of only five students in the nation selected as a member of the traveling team to represent the United States and compete in the International Physics Olympiad in Spain this summer. Senior Alicia Gines of Aurora won 2nd place in the Congressional Art Contest sponsored by Congressman Dennis Hastert. Her artwork, a still life, will be on display in Rep. Hastert's Batavia office for the next year. Senior Tara Roys of South Elgin won the 2005 Ag Day National Essay Contest and was flown to Washington, D.C. to read her essay and share the stage with the Secretary of Agriculture. Dr. Leon Lederman p imm ■■■■i wmm Thirteen IMSA students received gold ribbons for their performance at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair in Urbane. IMSA sophomore Dominique Turner (pictured) of East St. Louis placed second in the shot put event at the IHSA Sectional Girls Track and Field Meet and qualified for the State Final Meet. Dominique Turner The IMSA Montreal Ensemble finished in a first place tie with a high school orchestra from Minnesota at the Montreal International Music Festival. A research paper authored by seniors Kevin Pate! of Carol Stream, David Qasem of Burbank and their Drexel University mentors on The Effect of System Parameters on the Pre-transition Swelling of Charged Hydrogels was published in the Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology . Alumni Achievements Recent examples include: Pooja Agarwal '01 received the prestigious 2005 Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship. Truman Scholars are selected based on academic performance, leadership and dedication to public service. Agarwal is majoring in Elementary Education and in the Philosophy- Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Ellen Landers '92 (pictured) received the Inaugural Young Alumni Achievement Award from Knox College. Landers, associate program officer at the James S. McDonnell Foundation, received College Honors in philosophy for her research into the use of the drug Prozac to treat depression. Dr. Ellen Landers '92 Abigail Moy '98 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Chili, where she will study sustainable urban transport reforms. A paper authored by Dr. Noah Rosenberg '93 on Genetic Structure of Human Populations was awarded "Paper of the Year in Science" by The Lancet and rated the seventh most important science story of the year by Discover . Sam Yagan '95 was named a Siebel Scholar by Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. The Siebel Scholars program was established to recognize the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business and computer science. Scholars are chosen by the Deans of each school on the basis of outstanding academic performance and qualities of leadership. M ARTICLE CONTINUED FROM P9 NCAA Scholar-Athlete Princess Imoukhuede '98 IMSA Class of 1998 graduate Princess Imoukhuede became a household name during the NCAA 2005 basketball championships when she appeared on its national television Public Service Announcements. How did Imoukhuede become one of only four college students in the nation chosen for the television ads? "I believe my life as a student-athlete captured what the NCAA was trying to portray," Imoukhuede said. "Many of us excel in academics and most of us do more than athletics once we graduate," she added. To say that Imoukhuede led a "balanced life" could be a bit of an understatement as she describes her college activities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I was an undergraduate researcher in Biomedical Engineering, publishing three papers in cancer-therapy by my junior year," she said. "I also taught courses in HTML, physics, and mechanical engineering and held offices in the National Society of Black Engineers," she added. "I sang with the MIT Concert Choir and was an actor in MIT's Black Theater Guild, all the while, training and competing and serving as a captain of my field and track team." NCAA and advertising officials chose Imoukhuede, MIT's team shot-putter and hammer-thrower, from dozens of former student-athletes who submitted audition tapes. Imoukhuede went on to earn an under- graduate degree in chemical engineering from MIT and is pursuing her Ph.D. in bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology. 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